HR 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018, has been introduced in Congress and is now available to read at the Congress.gov website. You can also download it at the bottom of this post.
There are 37 co-sponsors as of this writing, including 22 republicans and 15 Democrats.
The bill has gone to the House Natural Resources committee.
The chair of this committee is Rob Bishop, a statehood supporter who has committed to taking action on the bill. Once the committee is finished, the bill will go back to Congress. The members of Congress will vote on whether or not Puerto Rico will become a state.
Congress is the decision maker here. Puerto Rico has already voted for statehood and formally requested statehood. It is now in the hands of Congress.
But Congress is the voice of the American people. Congressmen and women will take into account what their constituents say.
Statehood for Puerto Rico is closer than ever before. Now we must use our voices to tell Congress that statehood for Puerto Rico is right, just, and long overdue.
Ask friends and family living in the states to contact their legislators, too. Help them understand why statehood matters so much.